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What will I learn?

The overall aim of the Master of Perinatal Mental Health programme is to support health care professionals to work more effectively with parents and their families experiencing perinatal mental health issues. A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering quality of perinatal mental health care. To achieve this goal the programme content focuses on providing practitioners with the theoretical underpinnings for the development of knowledge and skills in areas of assessment, screening and therapeutic interventions for persons with perinatal mental health issues.

The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis.

On completion of the programme students will be able to:

Appraise evidence informing health care practice in monitoring, coordinating and managing perinatal mental health

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the assessment and care required to support perinatal mental health

Critically review current innovations and developments within perinatal mental health

Discuss factors that influence practice and theoretical knowledge in relation to perinatal mental health

Value the collaboration within interprofession teams in the provision of quality perinatal mental health care delivery

Critically discuss the individual roles of the interprofessional team in the provision of effective perinatal mental health care

Demonstrate the critical thinking skills and the ethical decision making required in the provision of perinatal mental health care

Critically evaluate, generate and conduct research that will incorporate evidence based practice in perinatal mental health

Critically appraise strategies to promote, maintain and restore perinatal mental health in relevant care groups

Critically appraise international and national strategies that are relevant to advancing perinatal mental health care

Demonstrate synthesis in the integration of national and international evidence to inform perinatal mental health care

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
Year 1: €11,733; Year 2: €11,394

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

6 September 2021


University of Limerick


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

GPA of 3.00 or higher in a four-year degree programme in a relevant discipline at a recognised third-level institution. Third-level institutions rated between 1-3 on the Peterson’s Guide to U.S institution entrance difficulty are typically considered. However, applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Particular programmes may require an interview and/or work experience. IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 (Please note some programmes have a higher IELTS requirement.) with no less than 6.0 in any component. TOEFL: 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based). Please note, we can only accept Academic IELTS. General IELTS will not be accepted. University of Cambridge ESOL: Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade B. Pearson Test Of English (ACADEMIC) - PTE ACADEMIC: a minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59); ETAPP: English Test For Academic And Professional Purposes: Grade C1.

For international students

Students would normally possess a primary degree (Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the (RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery. Students must hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration with relevant regulatory professional body. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick.

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is a leading institution known for outstanding research based in the heart of Ireland.

  • Named the Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2019
  • Ranked as one of the top 100 Young Universities in the World
  • 2,500 international students
  • Highest graduate employment rate in Ireland